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The Wall Street Journal reports that the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) today is issuing "more stringent animal-welfare standards for farmers who market their meat and eggs as organic. Under the new rules, farmers will have to provide a minimum amount of space to chickens raised for organic eggs and meat. Cattle, pigs and poultry will need to be allowed outdoors each day to feed."

Most of the new regulations take effect in March 2018, while poultry and egg producers have until 2020 to comply.

The USDA estimates that "it will cost organic farmers up to up to $31 million to comply with the new laws," according to the Journal story.

The story also notes that, as usual, advocates for humane farming methods are in favor of the new regulations, while some farming organizations say they will be too expensive.
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